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8 Important Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle This Summer

The official start of summer might be here, but most of us were already well into celebrating the season, with backyard barbecues, pool parties, and even a few vacations in the rear-view mirror. But before you go into full-on summer mode, bear with us: There are a few...

Should I Upgrade to Double-Pane Windows?

If you live in an older home )especially one built in the 1970s or before), you may have single-pane windows. Newer homes are generally built with double-pane windows. While those in the window installation business are surely knowledgeable on all of the differences...

The Challenge of Picking the Right White Paint

White is white ... right? That is what many homeowners think when they begin their search for the perfect white paint for their home. However, they quickly come to find out they were wrong. One trip to the paint store will reveal a slew of paint that all look white to...

Help! My Garbage Disposal Stinks

Kitchens are a popular place to be. It’s where we cook all our meals and inevitably where people end up gathering when you have guests over. The last thing you want is for it to smell funky – it’s embarrassing and causes you to have to take precious time away from...

7 Questions to Ask a House Painter

Primping your home for sale, or just trying to freshen it up a bit? Sometimes the only thing your house needs is a new coat of paint, in which case you have two options: do the painting yourself, or hire a pro. Taking the do-it-yourself approach can help you save...

The Ultimate Guide to Painting a House

Painting your house is one of the best things you can do to boost its curb appeal, increase its resale value, and help you love your house even more than you already do. But this gratifying project can become grueling if you go about it the wrong way. Taking an...

5 Spring Landscaping Projects Anyone Can Tackle

Sunnier days mean there are more hours in a day to dedicate to your yard. And that's good news because good curb appeal will improve the look (and value) of your home. But often the idea of landscaping can be intimidating to homeowners. Which project should you...

Troubleshooting Your Air Conditioner

"Help! There's something wrong with my air conditioner!" This is a common cry for help during the summer time and no air in Florida is no laughing matter. We answer these types of calls all day long and most of the time people simply want to know the soonest possible...

7 Ways to Refresh Your Home on a Budget

At one time or another, most of us have experienced the feeling of looking around our home and no longer being satisfied or inspired by its interior. Maybe you tried a few trends that don't look quite as fresh as they once did or perhaps the way color you once loved...

How to Keep Your Pet Safe During an Emergency

In the event of a natural disaster, your primary goal is to keep everyone safe, including your pets. If the conditions are not safe for you, they are not safe for your pets. Never leave an animal behind. That's why you need to include your pets in your disaster safety...

Paint Color Trends of 2019

Are you starting to stare at the interior walls within your home thinking it's time for an upgrade? Starting to feel that the decor you have scattered around no longer looks good with the paint color you picked five years ago? Whether you're moving into a new home or...

It’s Time! Top 3 Reasons to Get Your Home AC Checked Before Summer

How many miles have you put on your air conditioner in the last year? Since we don't log miles on an air conditioning system as we do a car, this is actually an impossible question to answer. However, the bigger point is: just as you put miles on your car every time...

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Insurance Coverage

Have you ever wondered, "How much home insurance do I need?" Well, you might, especially when you're faced with a lengthy list of policy options from your insurance agent. Do you really need all that coverage? On average, at least 6% of homeowners make a claim to...

How to Avoid 5 Crazy Expensive Home Repairs

The cost of owning a house includes more than just your monthly mortgage payment. Home improvements and repairs also take up a large amount of your budget, but they're essential to maintaining (and maybe even increasing) the value of your home. However, home repairs...

10 Common Kitchen Problems to Fix ASAP

Whether your fridge isn't keeping things cool or your oven doesn't heat things up, kitchen appliances can cause all kinds of problems. Find out what's causing the issue and whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. Knowing the average life expectancy of major...

What Causes an Electrical Short Circuit?

The term short circuit is often used somewhat incorrectly to refer to any wiring problem in an electrical circuit. Officially, though, a short circuit refers to a specific condition in which electricity strays outside the established pathway of an electrical circuit....

Is It Time to Replace Your Home’s Plumbing?

Failure of any portion of your home's plumbing can lead to major property damage and loss of furnishings. Piping and pipe connections often fail due to age, lack of maintenance, major fluctuations in temperature, faulty components or low-quality installations....

5 Common Electrocution Dangers in Your Home

Of all the scary hazards that could exist in your home, electrocution is one that should not be taken lightly. There's always a risk of being shocked by some of those handy products you use in your home on a daily basis. The Occupational Safety and Health...

Electrical Wiring Color Coding System

Opening up an outlet or switch box, you might be confronted with a bewildering array of wires of different colors. Black, white, bare copper, and other colors closely intermingle, yet each one has its own specific purpose. knowing the purpose of each wire will keep...

5 Common Plumbing Mistakes That Homeowners Make

Lots of people like to do their own plumbing work, either to save money or because they enjoy tinkering around the house. While there's something to be said for doing one's own plumbing work, these common mistakes can have expensive results. Knowing the pitfalls of...

6 Insider Secrets Only Electricians Know

The electrical system is one of the essential elements of a home. You have a lot riding on whether it works right, including your family's safety. Does that mean you always need to bring in a professional electrician when something goes wrong? There are some things...

Kitchen Improvements for Under $100

You can create a functional and inviting kitchen your entire family will enjoy without spending a fortune. The average cost of a kitchen remodel is $12,700 to $33,200. Instead of breaking the bank, get rid of that remodeling itch with these DIY kitchen updates, all...

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